Posted July 25th, 2017, 05:59 PM
Ships have personalities. My experiences with Star Clipper were highly variable; we hugely enjoyed Star Flyer: it's a smaller ship in every way: crew are great and you interact with them on ship and off; many went to the beach with us in their off days. Passengers are an energetic mix with no pretences, fun to be with on board and off.
Royal Clipper is a (comparatively) much larger ship with a fairly formal dining room. Passengers were 10 years older in fact and seemed 20 years older in their thought process; some of the women traveled in cliques; reminded me of high school.
I had the same issue with Windstar; the smaller ship was much friendlier in general in terms of the passengers; while they were a bit older than those on Star Clipper, the ones on the larger ship were also older than those on the smaller one.
The funniest thing I remember was that both Star Clipper and Windstar had the same sail away song; is it still that way?
We had some heavy rolling in our bed on one tumultuous night on the Flyer in the upper Caribbean; I don't get seasick but I've never seen much of that on any sailing ship.
Star Clipper is great fun if you are young at heart or body; having traveled on everything from Carnival to Sea Dream I highly recommend it.